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A missed opportunity against Liverpool as an empty St James Park would have sent a message…

6 months ago
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An empty St James Park against Liverpool would have sent a message of dissatisfaction right around the world.

So much is made of fans attending to the detriment of the club, yet no one seems to have considered the ultimate protest to Mike Ashley’s running of the club and treatment of Wor Rafa.

In many ways the timing is perfect, safe from relegation, probably Mr Benitez’s last home game and as high profile as you will get, thanks to Liverpool’s participation.

His old club as well and a unique Saturday night viewing slot.

Add in the last St James Park game of the season and maybe the last opportunity to show what we think of the way that Rafa has been ignored.

I am not one to criticise those who go to the match, I did myself for 45 years and there is something telling me that Ashley would enjoy breaking the fans.

Those who know me socially and on here will know my arguments with Sky TV. I believe it is their money that keeps the likes of Mike Ashley in football, not necessarily the gate money, though it all adds up. Furthermore it’s a reason to give Sky, his mouthpiece and PR platform, something to talk about and consider.

A lot will say, ‘I wouldn’t miss Rafa’s last home match for the world’, there lies the problem in my opinion, there is never a good time for self-sacrifice.

Others will say you should attend to pay respect to Benitez.

I would argue that EVERYONE staying away would actually show more respect for his cause. He would see it as a good cause and a show of support. The result doesn’t really matter to us but Rafa staying does.

Who knows, the momentum may even cause a last minute attempt to keep him or spark a takeover bid. Genuine shockwaves on offer, never seen before in the Premier League.

I feel we have missed a great chance to send a message around the world and to all potential buyers.

Up yours Mr Ashley, let the unthinkable happen and you will deserve no one to support your club in the future.

Why not change the name to Sports Direct United, relocate and let us start again.

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